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Good Samaritan helps dog hit by car on side of road, reunites with family

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Two women hug in a full, tearful embrace, despite having never met before. By all accounts, they are strangers, but Shannyn Sneed and Ruby Sabir are tied by their love for a lost and hurting dog.

Loshay, a white and red Coonhound, escaped from home Friday. Sneed found him whimpering on the side of the road, in terrible condition. She knew very quickly that he needed her help and his life was in her hands.

"I saw a dog rear up in the ditch," said Sneed. "It just it broke my heart."

She pulled over and ran to comfort Loshay until help arrived to take him to the emergency vet. For days, she wondered whether he had survived and whether he was okay.

On the first day, Loshay's family drove until their car ran out of gas. They tirelessly searched for him on foot, wondering where he could be and whether he was ok.

"We thought he was gone!" said Ruby Sabir. "We thought we lost him!"

Loshay's family went to look for him at the shelter and learned he'd been hit by a car and taken to the vet.

"We didn't even know if he was alive for half an hour," said Sabir.

Loshay has extensive injuries. He still can't stand and his back legs may never work again, but his family is hopeful he'll recover. Seeing him again, knowing he is alive, meant everything to the family.

"He came into our house as an angel," said Sabir. "He is just our light. We just can't imagine our lives without him."

For his life, they have Shannyn Sneed to thank and Sneed wanted desperately to talk to the hurting dog she comforted nights before.

"See. I told you it was going to be okay!" she said tearfully to Loshay.

"It was wonderful, just wonderful," said Sneed. "Just to see his family loving on him and you know, just lots of little kids that are thrilled to have their puppy dog back. "

"We always called him an angel because he came to our house like an angel and now you are an angel to us," Sabir said to Sneed.

Surrounded by his family, including several children, Loshay is recovering. He's far from better. But he is where he belongs. And everyone is grateful for that.  

Loshay means "joy."

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